10+ Simple Ways to Avoid Wasting Time

Today we look at three articles that explore time management techniques, including “the” secret from Greg McKeown and ten tips from three of Entrepreneur magazine’s best contributors. But we begin with sage advice from Belinda Gadd:

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How to be a time-management master

How can you become a time-management master rather than a martyr? This concise article gives some helpful tricks to organize your day and your business in such a way as to make the most of the time you have. While written primarily to real estate professionals, I found the suggestions in this article to be universally applicable, regardless of one’s profession. Author Belinda Gadd offers advice on topics such as how to use your calendar to your greatest advantage, how to set up stress-reducing morning and afternoon routines and how to properly delegate responsibilities. However, the tip that really caught my eye was her suggestion to purposefully schedule time to stop and breathe. She offers evidence not only of the importance of taking a regular mental break to recharge your batteries, but also of the benefit to the productivity in other areas of your life when you do so. Sounds to me like an invitation to go to a concert! Related reading: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change 

How to Manage Time with 10 Tips that Work

This is an entertaining article and accompanying video that offers a unique take on traditional time-management techniques. The main premise is that every moment of your time can be divided into one of 3 categories: thoughts, actions, or conversations. Once you recognize this, then time management becomes a matter of ordering these three things in ways that will produce the greatest results. The article goes on to offer 10 practical tips to help you in this task. As I thought about this, I realized that this way of thinking could be very helpful in our discussion of classical music. How can we order our thoughts, conversations and actions in such a way as to share our passion for classical music with others, and to do it with the greatest effect? Some interesting food for thought. Related reading: Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) 

 

The Simplest Way to Avoid Wasting Time

Is your life categorized by making tiny amounts of progress in too many directions? This article is another gem of wisdom by Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. He proposes that most of us have the tendency to try and spread ourselves among too many things at once, and the result is not only frustration and overwhelm, but also a noticeable lack of true productivity in any area. The solution? Learn to say “no” to most things so that you can say “yes” to just a few insanely great things! McKeown goes on to offer suggestions that will revolutionize your way of thinking about how you spend the valuable resources of your time and energy. He leads the way into a passion-driven, purposeful life, which is categorized by incredible productivity in just a few selected areas. What kinds of strides might we make in pursuing and sharing our passion for classical music if we put these principles into practice? Related reading: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less 


Download a free pdf listing more than 10 simple ways to avoid wasting time

Are you already familiar with some or all of these tips? If so, which ones worked for you and which ones should the rest of us avoid? Do let us know in the comments below, and if you see any comments that ring a bell with you, let us know about that too.

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  • Lianne

    Great advice, Stephen! Thank you for the helpful tips, and may we all remember to stop and breathe!

    • Thanks, Lianne! You’re right – we all need to stop running at full pelt every now and then. Even one of my conducting teachers had to remind me to breathe, because I was forgetting and turning blue on the podium!